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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2015 9:51 pm 
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Hello everyone, I've had a rough few days and to spare you from any lengthy introduction, I'll try to make this quick and general as possible:

I've been addicted to opiates for over a decade, had several periods of long term sobriety, but ultimately keep relapsing and going back to the drug. I recently went off the suboxone program, probably about 6 months ago, and didn't last very long at all. The withdrawals were just too severe, and I couldn't build up the willpower to completely stop using. Prior to that, I had been using opiates on a pretty much daily basis, so for the last two years I can say I've been steadily addicted to opiate painkillers, or have been on the suboxone maintenance program.

My question is, before I call my doctor (because I am somewhat embarrassed), is this something suboxone doctors typically see? Someone tapering off suboxone only to relapse and come back on the program a short time later? My guess is yes, that I'm just overthinking things.

My doctor who prescribed buprenorphine in the past was fairly open-minded, so I think she would understand if I explain my current circumstances, and where I screwed up getting off suboxone so early.

Hoping someone who has been on the program, relapsed, then come back on could shed some light on this. Life seemed much less chaotic when I was on suboxone.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2015 11:05 pm 
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Hey Obama,
Short answer, yes, I know my own dr sees this quite abit. With opiate addiction being a chronic illness and the fact you have done well on sub before, im sure your dr will understand.

No shame in trying to make it a go without bupe. Hey, congratulations on the 6 months, im sure it was a lot of work. But the main thing is that you see it is time to stablize back on bupe and get on with life.

So, imo..make the call asap..

My 2 cents......razor.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 8:20 pm 
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Yep. Doctors see it a lot. It's more the norm than the exception. A good doctor works on evidence, and the long term evidence is that opioid addiction is a chronic relapsing condition. Give him/her a call.


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